Last night we returned to Drumlin Farm for the Friday Evening Hayride. Farmer Caroline drove the tractor out to through the fields. Along the way Drumlin Farm educator Debbie taught us that we were in fact taking a strawride and that Drumlin Farm has been under cultivation for 250 years. Of course, around these parts I wondered “only 250 years?”
We stopped by a campfire to roast marshmallows and make s’mores. Then we sang “She’ll Be Comin’ Round the Drumlin” for Farmer Caroline and a song about a farm called “Muscle and Arm.” Then we heard a native American story about our special evening visitor, a screech owl!
A good time was had by all.
Today we attended the 13th Annual Audubon Nature Festival at Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary in Topsfield, MA. It was a great family event with a great number of activities for young children. Not that my young child took much interest in a lot of the activities, but that’s okay. Sometimes it’s just as fun to run up and down the path.
The highlight of the festival were the presentation by Eyes on Owls. The wife-husband team of Marcia and Mark Wilson brought their menagerie of live owls for display and discussion. It was a very interactive program and many audience members came up to practice their owl calls.
The video below shows the Wilsons at work in a program very similar to what we saw today. My owl photos follow: